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White House Dismisses Petition For Edward Snowden’s Pardon

edward-snowden-nova-1024x575 It looks like whistleblower Edward Snowden might be renewing his lease at his Moscow apartment. Today, the White House responded to and dismissed a nearly two-year-old petition asking for the pardon of Edward Snowden, and cited that his decision to “steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out… Read More

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Verizon Will Resell HBO NOW To Broadband Customers And Its Mobile Video Service Subscribers

hbo-now-verizon HBO today announced its second deal with a pay TV provider, in this case Verizon*, to make its over-the-top streaming service HBO NOW available to broadband customers who don’t have a cable TV subscription. In addition, the terms of the deal also reference making HBO NOW available to Verizon’s other “digital platforms,” including its upcoming mobile video platform,… Read More

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Twitter Loses Two Employees Focused On Growth And Discovery

twitter-analytics Two Twitter employees announced their departures right before the company’s second-quarter earnings dropped today. The first, Christian Oestlien, was a VP of Product Management focused on growth. Oestlien came from Google and spent about two years at Twitter. Read More

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A Week In, Casey Neistat’s New App Beme Has 1.1M Videos Shared

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 11.25.11 AM Launched about a week ago, Beme is a new video-sharing app built by viral filmmaker Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, former VP of Engineering at Tumblr and Hacker-in-Residence at betaworks. The duo raised $2.6 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and have been working on the project together for about a year. Read More

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Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting A Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M

yelp-earnings1 Following the bell, Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $133.9 million, and a per-share loss of $0.02. The street had expected Yelp to generate a cent in per-share net income, off revenue of $133.48 million. Read More

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Twitter Pops 4% After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Q2 Revenue And Profit Along With Anemic User Growth

twitter-earnings Update: Twitter shares fell to flat in after-hours trading, before rebounding mildly to a slimmer gain. Investors are still trying to figure out how to score the quarter, it seems.  Twitter earned an adjusted $0.07 per share on revenue of $502 million in its second quarter, the firm reported today. Investors expected Twitter to earn a mere $0.04 adjusted per-share profit on the back of… Read More

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Twitter Monthly Active Users Crawl To 316M, Dorsey: “We Are Not Satisfied”

twitter-balance Twitter reported that its monthly active user count has reached 316 million, up a paltry 15 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, and up from 308 million in the preceding quarter. The company indicated that it sees 80 percent of its monthly actives as monthly mobile actives. Its interim CEO, Jack Dorsey, addressed the lack of audience growth by saying this: Our Q2 results show good… Read More

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Why Tech Needs The Rooney Rule

diversity Something that you’ve likely never heard uttered is that an industry should look to the National Football League (NFL) for social cues. The league has been scandal-ridden for decades, and has consistently fallen flat in its responses to domestic abuse, cheating, health and wellness and drug scandals. Read More

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Which Programming Languages Get Used Most At Hackathons?

hackathon Picking a programming language to learn can be a stressful task. The trendy language at any given time isn’t necessarily one that anyone will care about in a year, much less the one that’ll get you the best gigs.
It’s interesting, then, to see what language programmers turn to when they’ve got their pick of the litter — when they’re coding not with some… Read More

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The Curious Case Of Google’s Emerald Sea

8673038419_fbc9fc4700_k Is it a Facebook competitor? Is it a social network? Is it a “ghost town?” Is it a failure? These are the questions that have been peppered at Google ever since the Google+ launch in June of 2011. The answer to all of those questions was, and remain, a huge “no.” Doesn’t matter though. Google is starting to back its way out of a muddy mess, particularly when… Read More

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